What’s in There? All About Before You Were Born – Robbie H. Harris, Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott


51x3pkr6wfl   What’s in There? All About Before You Were Born – Robbie H. Harris, Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Candlewick Press, 9780763636302, 2013

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  (1-5, 5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? I appreciated the wonderful visual artwork by Nadine Westcott sequencing the nine month birth journey for the entire family, along with the fetus. Each page setting gave seasonal clues, i.e. summer picnics and swimming, fall apple picking and Halloween, etc. with helpful size markers in the mother’s uterus or approximate fruit reference, i.e. a peach to a watermelon, complete with a simple dialogue on what the baby was doing at each stage. It was a great book for older siblings, to involve them in the process and emotionally prepare for the upcoming birth, including the artwork depicting setting up the nursery, to the actual hospital room. The entire reproductive story and honest, realistic dialogue was very age appropriate, simple and straightforward, with scientific terms.  I also appreciated the multifaceted adaptations at each level, including variations from the typical single vaginal birth, to multiple births, c-sections, adoption, within a multicultural family, etc.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing. I found the book to be very age appropriate, and a helpful educational tool  to any young family discussing the reproductive process.

To whom would you recommend this book? All Parents, as they prepare to explain the birth process to their children and siblings of future newborn. Preschool Centers and Elementary schools librarians, child development specialists, health educators, all health professionals involved in pediatrics practices.  

Who should buy this book?  Parents, educators, preschool and elementary school librarians

Where would you shelve it ?  612.6

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 

Date of review: 1/20/2017

 

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